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Zimmer's daughter asks coach fantasy football questions

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--Mike Zimmer has a general manager in his family -- of a fantasy football team. The old-school Vikings coach said Monday he doesn't know much about fantasy football but did reveal that his daughter, Corri, plays it. "Sometimes...

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.-Mike Zimmer has a general manager in his family - of a fantasy football team.

The old-school Vikings coach said Monday he doesn't know much about fantasy football but did reveal that his daughter, Corri, plays it.

"Sometimes, she'll ask me, 'Hey, who's going to be better this week, so and so or so and so?' " Zimmer said. "I don't know. ... She'll ask me about other teams. Would you pick this guy? Who are they playing? I don't know."

Corri, 26, has gotten some information out of her dad regarding the Vikings, although Zimmer denied that it constitutes insider trading.

"She's asked injury questions (like), 'Hey, is (wide receiver Stefon) Diggs going to play this week?' or whatever," Zimmer said.

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Does he answer?

"Sometimes," he said.

Overall, though, Zimmer hardly considers himself a good source for fantasy football.

"I don't even know how to play it," he said. "I just know that they take guys and they get yards and stuff like that."

 

Diggs practices

The Vikings might be getting their top wide receiver back.

Stefon Diggs practiced with the team Monday after missing Thursday's loss in Detroit because of a knee injury. Despite missing two games, Diggs leads the Vikings in receptions (67) and receiving yards (747).

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His participation was his first practice in more than a week, an early indication that he might be available for Thursday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Quarterback Sam Bradford did not miss Monday's practice but appeared on the team-issued injury report for the first time this season because of an ankle injury that made Bradford a limited participant in practice.

Linebacker Chad Greenway did not practice, likely because he was with his wife, who is expecting to give birth to their fourth child soon.

Those who did not practice because of injuries were center Joe Berger (concussion), cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (ankle), cornerback Marcus Sherels (rib), safety Harrison Smith (ankle) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee).

 

Weatherly's reward

Stephen Weatherly received a text message last week from Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. The practice squad defensive end was told to expect a call.

"I was worried," Weatherly said. "I didn't know what was going to happen, but then he called and it was good news."

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Spielman delivered the news that Weatherly would be signed to the 53-man roster. It was a reward for the rookie, selected in the seventh round of the draft before being waived at the start of the season and placed on the practice squad.

"I called my mom and it was a good night for me," Weatherly said. "I was excited. ... (Spielman) called me and said, 'We like your work ethic and what you have done so far and we want to reward you.' "

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Weatherly was inactive for his first game, Thursday's loss at Detroit. Zimmer believes Weatherly has upside.

"He's been working real hard, he's athletic, he's long like we like," Zimmer said. "He's getting better."

Weatherly played outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense at Vanderbilt before switching to defensive end in Minnesota's 4-3. He said he never got discouraged despite not making the active roster to begin the season.

"Since Week 1, (defensive line) coach (Andre) Patterson told me, 'Just keep working hard and good things will come,' and I just kept working and grinding," he said. "(Patterson) said that in the past weeks, I'd really been catching a lot of eyes, and so they called me up."

 

Treadwell healthier

The Vikings are a team in need of explosive plays, and coach Mike Zimmer has seen some in practice at least from rookie wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.

Zimmer on Monday didn't necessarily say more balls will be thrown to Treadwell, but it wouldn't be a surprise if that happens. Treadwell has just one catch this season for 15 yards, but his role gradually has been increasing since Pat Shurmur took over Nov. 2 as interim offensive coordinator.

"I feel like he's pretty healthy now," Zimmer said. "The last few weeks I think he's kind of been catching up to the NFL a little bit, but he's doing a good job.''

Treadwell was taken with the No. 23 pick in the draft this year out of Mississippi. He admitted in June he played last season not fully recovered from a gruesome injury suffered Nov. 1, 2014, against Auburn in which he broke his left tibia and dislocated his left ankle.

Treadwell said the injury is fully behind him. Zimmer said Treadwell's explosiveness has increased the past few weeks.

"His quickness, his stop and starts, his acceleration,'' Zimmer said.

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